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Public libraries are moving deeper into digital learning, often in partnership with schools and other institutions, to help prepare students for the skills they'll need for college and careers.
New guidance from the Education Department ups the ante on teacher quality work for states looking for another two years of flexibility from provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act.
The concept aims to raise academic expectations by teaching students and teachers how to think of intelligence as something that can be improved through effort and experimentation.
Small teams from all District of Columbia schools have been analyzing student test performance from 2012-13 to guide teachers' instruction in the new school year.
News in Brief
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
News in Brief
Report Roundup
The financially strapped Chicago district opened the new school year with fewer schools and a diminished staff, but with a massive security presence.
To win approval from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, programs must show that candidates and districts are satisfied with preparation quality and that graduates boost student achievement.
A new law will allow candidates to spend as much as two years learning how to be teachers—time that many teacher-educators say is needed to cover instructional strategies.
The goal of a new guide is to help states find common ground on figuring out who qualifies for English-language-learner services and when students no longer need them.
Ensuring the authenticity of student work is an area of intense scrutiny for online course providers, which must determine if students are getting too much help from parents or others.
The state aims to provide more clarity on what attributes such schools should possess, from an integrated curriculum for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, to partnerships with local industry.
Through its partnership with the 42,000-student Tulsa school district, Street School has become a national model for helping at-risk youths.
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Policy Brief
State education agencies are taking advantage of a new record-keeping option intended to simplify the tracking of the "time and effort" put in by workers who work on multiple grants.
Local school boards in Virginia gear up for a legal fight against a new law creating a state-run K-12 district for low-performing schools.
Researchers find that the systems used in many states to gauge the quality of child-care programs have only a tenuous connection to children's learning outcomes.
Federal inspectors general warn they would be undermined by changes now in the works from the Office of Management and Budget on how grantees' track their employees' labor.
A long-stalled effort to renew the Child Care Development Block Grant Program would emphasize the quality and safety of programs children are entering.
To improve learning, educators should look to research on how the human brain processes information, Alden Blodget says.
When schools employ a transdisciplinary model for teaching and learning, students thrive, Tyler S. Thigpen writes.
Letters
Letters
All education stakeholders, including funders, should treat learning as an interdependent ecology rather than as siloed responsibilities spread across multiple agencies, writes Alan J. Friedman.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Atlantic Philanthropies, the California Endowment, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the GE Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and an anonymous funder. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations.

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